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Suge Knight Pleads No Contest to Voluntary Manslaughter, Gets Twenty-Eight Years in Prison

September 20, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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The murder case against Suge Knight has ended, with the former Death Row mogul set to serve twenty-eight years in prison. The AP reports that Knight pleaded no contest to a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the case, which was part of a plea deal he struck with prosecutors. As presented, Knight will serve a total of twenty-eight years in prison.

The deal, which was presented in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday, puts to bed a murder case that was nearly four years in the making. Knight was arrested on murder charges after running over Terry Carter outside of a Compton restaurant in January of 2015, then fleeing the scene. He was charged with murder, attempted murder and hit and run.

The case has been running ever since, but has been beset by constant setbacks, some related to Knight’s failing health. The plea deal will see Knight serve twenty-two years for the voluntary manslaughter charge, plus an additional six years because it is a third strike violation. He will be formally sentenced on October 4th.

The plea agreement additionally resolves two other 2014 cases, in which he was accused of stealing a camera from a woman and of sending threatening text messages to F. Gary Gray, the director of Straight Outta Compton.

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